I just found a dear friend passed away last night.
Although we were never exceptionally close, I can say from the times I spent with him, Noah was a fabulous person.
He always, always found a way to make someone laugh and made the most out of the life he was given.
The first time I met him was with Jeff at a Griz football game and he had on the white Mickey Mouse hands that were his trademark at some of the games. His excitement is everything he did was contagious, it was always hard not to smile around Noah.
Upon first impressions, you would never know that Noah was ill. He rarely brought it up and if he did, always tried to do so in a positive tone.
I cried when I found out Noah received his degree from UM just a little over a month ago, and I cry now, knowing that his smiling face will never again be seen in person around the UM athletic events, the campus or Missoula again.
Noah is an inspiration that every second our heart beats is truly a gift. We should cherish our lives and each other. I only hope that his memory will be kept alive through the vivaciousness in which he so thoroughly pursued to live his life.
Noah, I am so thankful I met you in this lifetime and although I am saddened that the Lord felt the need to take you so early, I trust that he had other plans for you on a much larger scale.
Rest in peace my friend.